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Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says.... Read More »

 

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BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer shows.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology.... Read More »

 

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Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topic for months.... Read More »

 

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Ferrari will go public but remain private

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Ferrari will go public but remain private

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's largest SUV production hubs.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault Eolab's funny numbers

5:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
I was stunned to discover the weight figures for the Renault Eolab plug-in hybrid concept that debuts at this week's Paris auto show. A deeper investigation revealed some interesting calculations.... Read More »

 

Fiat 500X unlikely to steal sales from Jeep Renegade, analysts say

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Fiat 500X is unlikely to cannibalize sales from its sister model, the Jeep Renegade, industry watchers say. The 500X is a "cute, urban vehicle with off-road capabilities," while the Renegade is the "rugged" off-roader, one analyst said.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Montezemolo's magic touch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Montezemolo's magic touch

7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer, was in evidence at the Moscow auto show where seven models underpinned by the automaker's B0 low-cost platform were on display.... Read More »

 

Walter de Silva: Italy's loss, VW's gain

6:37 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
Walter de Silva had to leave Italy to become a legend in the vehicle design world. It's a common story in a country that fails to nurture its best and brightest.... Read More »

 

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Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One.... Read More »

 

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Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker's participation in Formula One.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Mini boss experiences love at first sight

5:43 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer's passion for the Superleggera Vision concept is deep. One look at the car and you'll understand why.... Read More »

 

Zetsche on EU: Relish the peace

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says it is important not to lose sight of the many benefits of a united Europe. One he never takes for granted is peace.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Marchionne asks for 3 more years of patience

8:22 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's new five-year plan for the automaker won't start rewarding shareholders until 2017 at the earliest. Some wonder if there will ever be a payout.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Marchionne asks for 3 more years of patience

8:22 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's new five-year plan for the automaker won't start rewarding shareholders until 2017 at the earliest. Some wonder if there will ever be a payout.... Read More »

 

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Marchionne follows the money

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Why is Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today presenting his latest business plan for the Italian automaker at Chrysler's U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and not at Fiat's base in Turin?... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Marchionne follows the money

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Why is Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today presenting his latest business plan for the Italian automaker at Chrysler's headquarters near Detroit, and not at Fiat's base in Turin?... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014
Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market.... Read More »

 

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BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

April 17, 2014 06:15 CET
BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW's vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent, the company said.... Read More »

 

Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India.... Read More »

 

 
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